Saint Narcissus of Jerusalem

detail of a stained glass window of Saint Narcissus of Jerusalem; Didron of Paris, c.1875; Church of Saint-Barthélémy in Bénévent-l'Abbaye, Creuse, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, France; photographed on 13 April 2018 by GFreihalter; swiped from Wikimedia CommonsMemorial


Bishop of Jerusalem, consecrated c.180 when he was already an old man. Late in life, he was accused of a crime. None of the Christians in his diocese believed it, but Narcissus did not believe he should serve after being under such a cloud, and he became a desert hermit. After a complete acquittal, Narcissus returned to his see, older, weathered, but stronger and more zealous than ever, and served several more years. One Holy Saturday he turned water into lamp oil so the Easter vigil services could be conducted. When his age began to wear on him, Narcissus begged God to send a bishop to help him. Saint Alexander of Cappadocia responded, and the two ruled the diocese together, Narcissus living to age 116.



  • 215 of natural causes




MLA Citation

  • “Saint Narcissus of Jerusalem“. CatholicSaints.Info. 22 April 2021. Web. 30 November 2021. <>